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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

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Old 12-01-2010, 08:48 PM   #1
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bubble in tire...replacement

the tires are about a year old/20k miles. Do i have to replace all 4? Or just the 2 on the same axle is fine?
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Old 12-01-2010, 09:51 PM   #2
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What kind of tires?

How much tread is left on the good tires? The wear bars are 2/32", so try and ballpark it.

If they are the continental contitourings, just ditch all 4 now- they bubble way too easy.

You could try and find a nice used pair to match, or better yet sell the two good tires and buy 4 tougher ones.
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Old 12-02-2010, 06:49 AM   #3
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What kind of tires?

How much tread is left on the good tires? The wear bars are 2/32", so try and ballpark it.

If they are the continental contitourings, just ditch all 4 now- they bubble way too easy.

You could try and find a nice used pair to match, or better yet sell the two good tires and buy 4 tougher ones.

Pirelli P6 four seasons. I didn't measure but they have plenty of tread left. I'm just wondering if i have replace the tires in the same axle or all 4.
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Old 12-02-2010, 07:25 AM   #4
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Where is the bubble, if it's on the side wall you could check out the manufacturers warrenty, to get it replaced?
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Old 12-02-2010, 08:45 AM   #5
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Where is the bubble, if it's on the side wall you could check out the manufacturers warrenty, to get it replaced?
it's on the sidewall closer to the rim...it drives fine. I'm looking into the warranty from the previous owner. She's looking into it...maybe i can get a replacement. If not i'm actually considering a new set of tires. I was planning on getting new wheels for the car after the tires are worn out, but it looks like that's not going to happen anytime soon.
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Old 12-02-2010, 10:18 AM   #6
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I'd do at least an axle set.
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Old 12-02-2010, 10:40 AM   #7
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Yeah I agree, replace the opposite tire, and then put them on the back.
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Old 12-02-2010, 10:47 AM   #8
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If the bubble is in the front, move it to the rear (or swap spare) ASAP and replace it immediately. A bubble is a dangerous condition if it ruptures and it will with enough friction (heat) and twist force. If there is ample thread remaining, just replace with the same kind of tire. No need to do a pair.

My car came with GY Eagle RSAs from the factory. I bubbled at least 6 of these and went to Conti's, which were somewhat better and bubbled less. Now Im riding some Michelin Pilot Sport A/S plus' and no issues at all. Knock on wood.

OP - You should also have tire insurance. Very cheap and well worth it. You get a new tire if it bubbles or is damaged in some way.
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Old 12-02-2010, 10:48 AM   #9
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My CCV boot ripped after replacing one tire a few years back. Check whether the tires are prone to bubbling to decide whether to move to a different tire.
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Old 12-02-2010, 11:00 AM   #10
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Not only will they repalce blown tires, but you will be reimbursed up to $25 for a tire patch.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/roadHazard/trhp.jsp

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Old 12-02-2010, 01:29 PM   #11
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I know most places usually don't sell just 1 tire to a truck or SUV that has 4WD, anyone ever run into the same situation with an XI because is AWD?

I'd definitely do at least 2 tires.
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Old 12-02-2010, 01:48 PM   #12
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i'll replace the axle set, but i guess it's fine with getting a different brand? I plan on getting a new set of wheel/tires next summer anyways.
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Old 12-02-2010, 05:40 PM   #13
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i'll replace the axle set, but i guess it's fine with getting a different brand?
No. Keep the same tire model on all four wheels.
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Old 12-03-2010, 07:14 AM   #14
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No. Keep the same tire model on all four wheels.
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Having worked at BJ's tire dept for a while, I've seen where different brand tires wear differently.
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Old 12-03-2010, 07:40 AM   #15
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Hey Ed! Fancy meeting you here. Post pics of the bubble so we can all roll the dice to see if you can get through the winter. If not get a set of tires off tire rack. There are some good value tires, rating around 7-8, for around $100/pc.
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Old 12-03-2010, 07:49 AM   #16
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Hey Ed! Fancy meeting you here. Post pics of the bubble so we can all roll the dice to see if you can get through the winter. If not get a set of tires off tire rack. There are some good value tires, rating around 7-8, for around $100/pc.
LOL you found me! The bubble was a big one! I wasn't going to risk driving with it so i just replaced the 2 rears with the Conti DWS tires. While they were balancing the wheel they found a bent lip as well so I told them to put the spare wheel out and put the bent one in the spare.


After driving 60 miles on the new tires I'm actually thinking about getting the fronts as well and MAYBE hold off on the wheel purchase for now lol.
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